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Players: 2 to 6
Time to play: a few minutes per hand

I hadnít played this specialty card game for a long time, but I remembered quickly how enjoyable it is as a social card game when I recently played it again. Itís frustrating if you always want a ton of strategy in a game, but itís a good game if you want something you can enjoy but not pay too much attention to. (I'm one of those people who can enjoy either, depending on the mood).

The deck consists of cards numbered from 1 to 12. Each player is given a facedown stack of 20 cards, which theyíre not supposed to see except one by one as theyíre gradually used up. The top card in the stack is always turned face up. The goal is to get rid of these cards by adding to any of four n
umerically ordered piles that start at 1, build up to 12, and then are cleared once they reach the top and start over once someone has a 1 card to play again.

The cards you want to get rid of arenít the only ones you have to play with. At the beginning of each turn, the player draws enough to have 5 in their hand, which you can play with, and at the end of each turn you can discard into your own four discard piles. You can also play using the top cards in any of your personal discard piles during the course of your turn.

It may sound a bit complicated, but like I said, itís easy to learn. Itís really sort of like solitaire for multiple playersówith a few twists.

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